Poll: What is the best UK Christmas Number One of all time?


With the X Factor dominating the festive charts for the past 10 years UK music lovers have become accustomed to less than festive songs being at number one for Christmas.

However, with Justin Bieber seemingly nailed on at 1/5 to top the charts this year with either Sorry or Love Yourself here at Ladbrokes News we think things have gone too far.

Don’t get us wrong we think Bieber’s new collection of toe-tappers mean it’s almost OK to admit to liking his songs in public but Christmas Number One? Come on!

With the very real threat of the Canadian pop star stealing top spot we thought it best to take a trip down memory lane and ask you to vote for your favourite Christmas Number One of all time.

We’ve made things easier by narrowing it down to a top five so read on and have your say in the poll below.

Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody – 1973

It’s not officially Christmas until Birmingham’s finest – Noddy Holder – has screamed “Iiiiiiiitttt’s Chrisssssstmaaaaassss” through your speakers at full volume. Slade topped the charts with this less than subtle festive effort back in 1973 and it’s been on repeat every year ever since. A stone cold Christmas classic.

Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody – 1975 + 1991

The only song to have reached the festive top spot twice and regularly regarded the best pop/rock song of all time few people remember that Bohemian Rhapsody was a Christmas chart topper. But with nine weeks at the top in 1975 and another five upon its re-release in 1991 a stay during the holidays was inevitable.

East 17 – Stay Another Day – 1994

Say what you want about jacket potato lover Brian Harvey but the Walthamstow boy can sing and he showed this in memorable fashion with 1994’s Stay Another Day. No one can really fathom why four East End lads stood round a piano in oversized puffer jackets reeks of Christmas but it just does!

Michael Jackson – Earth Song – 1995

No chart rundown would be complete without a mention of the late, great king of pop and MJ’s only festive number one on these shores was Earth Song. With its epic – if preachy –  video there was no escaping this tune in 1995. Anyone who claims not to have stood in a doorway to recreate Jackson’s famous moment being blown away between two trees is lying to you.

Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the Name Of – 2008

The X Factor isn’t for everyone but with seven Christmas number ones since 2005 thanks to Shayne Ward, Leona Lewis, Leon Jackson, Alexandra Burke, Matt Cardle, Sam Bailey and Ben Haenow it clearly is for the masses.

However, every now and then the minority strike back in force and this was the case in 2008 when a Facebook campaign to stop Simon Cowell’s entertainment juggernaut stealing another festive top spot went viral.

People backed the campaign in their thousands and US rockers Rage Against the Machine scored an unlikely success to cement their place in UK Christmas chart history.

Can’t see your favourite on the list? Let us know in the comments section below.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.